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Pictures have emerged of this secret prototype bike – a Yamaha pre-production 150 naked with quality suspension and new chassis parts.

The bike, being called the MT-15, has been spotted going through final road testing programs abroad and looks likely to be part of the Yamaha asian-market rosta for 2016. It seems unlikely that the bike will be available in Europe though.

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The main reason for that would be the current success of both the Yamaha MT-125 and YZF-R3 and the few hundred pounds difference between them. What we can see from the images of the new bike is that it has higher-spec forks (upside down units as opposed to the R150’s conventional forks which the naked motorcycle is based on), a new seat unit, new subframe and seriously tweaked bodywork including that very funky whole new headlight set-up. Things like that don’t come cheap in global motorcycling so it’s probable that this new bike would be pitched somewhere between the MT-125 and R3 (but, closer to the R3 price), effectively hurting the sales of both of those bikes in the sector.

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Yamaha is likely to keep this higher-spec bike as solely for the 150cc market in India and emerging markets. That’s a shame because, with this level of suspension and serious-looking attitude this is the first naked 150 that looks like it could take on buyers from the bigger capacities over here.

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What do you think? Should Yamaha add this bike into its range for the UK in 2016?

 

Tony Carter

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